New processors and a slimmed-down design.

Lenovo's Miix series of 2-in-1 tablets is getting an upgrade in the middle of its range with the new Miix 520. This detachable 2-in-1 takes after the Microsoft Surface line, though with a few signature Lenovo flourishes.

Category Spec
Display 12.2-inch FHD IPS touch display
Processor 8th-gen Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
RAM Up to 8GB
Storage Up to 256GB SSD
Rear Camera 8MP
Pen Lenovo Active Pen
Cellular Connectivity LTE (optional)
Security Fingerprint Reader (optional)
Thickness 9.9mm (without keyboard)
Weight 880g (without keyboard)
Battery Up to 7.5 hours

On the specs front, the Miix 520 comes with a mix of the latest tech, including the new 8th-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of SSD storage. That all drives a 12.2-inch Full HD IPS touch display with support for Lenovo's Active Pen and Windows Ink. This package measures a mere 9.9mm thick and weighs just 880 grams — though that is without the keyboard attached.

Like the previous generation of Miix tablets, the 520 takes after the Surface-style kickstand — a metal panel hinged in the middle of the tablet. But because this is Lenovo, the hinge is a small version of the watchband hinges from the bigger Yoga convertibles. It's a nice look and adds a bit of visual flourish to an otherwise staid design.

As this is a tablet, limited physical connectivity is to be expected. You'll find a single USB-C port (no Thunderbolt 3 here), a single USB-A port, a headphone audio jack, and a power port. That said, the Miix 520 will have an option to add on an LTE radio with a SIM card slot, so the road warrior in you will be satisfied. Also optional is a Windows Hello-compatible fingerprint reader along the side of the tablet. Lenovo's built in a set of far-field microphones that will allow use of Cortana from afar — up to 4m.

As this is a slim and light tablet, some sacrifices were required, most obviously in the battery — Lenovo projects a battery life of 7.5 hours from the Miix 520.

If all this strikes your fancy, know it'll be available in October 2017 in platinum and iron gray colors, with a starting price of $999 in the US, bundled with both the keyboard and Lenovo Active Pen.